National Geographic : 1938 Apr
Photograph byB.Anthony Stewart ON GALA OCCASIONS BRUSSELS' FAMOUS FOUNTAIN MANIKIN DONS COSTUMES OF STATE Some of the uniforms in the lavish wardrobe of this "most ancient citizen," as the townsfolk call him, were presented by emperors and kings. Afavorite since the 15th century, the small statue has been spirited away from his fountain on occasion, amid much popular excitement. Once Louis XV ofFrance made away with him. So great was the uproar that, to appease the populace, the haughty monarch invested the young man with the Cross ofSt. Michael and returned him dressed as a Chevalier (page 406). Replicas of the figure adorn shop windows in the vicinity.